Abode of Chaos

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Abode of Chaos (2012)

The Abode of Chaos (French: Demeure du Chaos) is a contemporary art museum located in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d'Or, a small town in the vicinity of Lyon, France. It consists of more than 2,500 artworks[1] from many different artists, including Thierry Ehrmann.[2][3]

The artwork is based around the transformation of the 17th century house into a replica war zone, at contrast with the peaceful village in which it is located.[4] The mayor of the town described the house as "It’s humanly intolerable, ugly, dramatic, with its images of destruction. Whatever you think, for me it’s not art, it’s a provocation.”[5]

The Abode of Chaos has been the subject of lawsuits, and in 2009 France's highest court, the Cour de Cassation, ruled that Ehrmann must revert his home to its pre-Abode of Chaos state.[5]


  1. ^ "The neighbor from Hell". e-flux. October 27, 2005. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ Shrine to 'chaos' wins right to stay in French village[dead link]
  3. ^ "Man fined for damaging his home for art". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. September 14, 2006. Archived from the original on September 14, 2006. 
  4. ^ Tagliabue, John (July 19, 2006). "It's His House. But Village Traditionalists ask: is it Art?". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ a b Hickman, Matt (March 25, 2013). "'Abode of Chaos' sparks legal battle, vexes neighbors in French village". Mother Nature Network. 

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Coordinates: 45°50′15.5″N 4°49′34″E / 45.837639°N 4.82611°E / 45.837639; 4.82611